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DEC 2012

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Fenner Dunlop Now Offers Belt Terminal Groups for Longwall Mines gies (VFD, TPKL, CST), electric winch and/or hydraulic cylinder take ups and storage units, intermediate loading station including transfer, and Aframe or tail loading station. In addition to underground belt conveyor systems, ACF also specializes in manufacturing various components and solutions for industrial and defense contract customers. Belt conveyor systems are a natural complement to Fenner Dunlop's existing product offering of quality engineered conveyor belting, diagnostic services and conveyor components. No other OEM can offer more bulk material handling products, services and solutions than Fenner Dunlop. Allison and Fenner Dunlop are uniquely qualified to partner with coal mine facilities to custom design and engineer Longwall belt conveyor systems. With the latest engineering software programs ACF can provide cusFenner Dunlop Americas strives to position itself as its customers' single- tomers with the mechanical analysis and design specification for their source solution provider of world-class conveyor products and now belt systems and products. Additionally, Fenner Dunlop's MineFlex®, MineHaul®, conveyor system engineering. With the recent acquisition of Allison and Dynaflight® steel cord conveyor belting, paired with one of its cus- Customer Fabrication (ACF), Fenner Dunlop will provide customers with tomized rip detection and monitoring systems and 24/7 conveyor service, conveyor solutions that improve the reliability of their entire material han- complete a total valued added package. The ultimate goal is to provide cus- dling infrastructure, elevate the overall safety of their conveyor systems tomers with the latest, most innovative material handling technologies that and help them better predict and manage costs associated with their con- maximize safety and reliability, thus keeping the Longwall mines producing. veyor systems. A sampling of the products and services Fenner Dunlop now offer include: steel cord and textile belting (rubber and PVC), idlers, belt clean- ACF – The Company ers (scrapers), belt winders, pulleys, underground conveyor systems, ser- The addition of Allison Custom Fabrication to the Fenner Dunlop team now vices such as: slope belt installation, in service belt change out, belt allows Fenner Dunlop to be a player in the engineered-to-order belt termi- refurbishment, diagnostic monitoring, vulcanizing, mechanical fastener nal group market. ACF was founded by Don Croftcheck over thirty-five installation, idler replacement, pulley re-lagging, cleaner/scraper mainte- years ago; a family owned and operated business that specializes in nance, belt surveys, design and/or application engineering. machining, engineering, and metal fabrication of materials handling equipment. ACF's modern facility, including a 100 acre industrial complex, is located within a one hour drive from Fenner Dunlop's US headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with founder Don, his two sons Scott and Brian have played major roles in the success of the business today. Scott Croftcheck is Vice President of Engineering and Sales, while his brother Brian Croftcheck is Vice President of Manufacturing. Their team includes specialists in engineering, design, assembly and specialty painting, all done on premises. Market Reputation and Products Allison has a strong reputation with its customers among the underground coal industry. Current customers in the eastern and western coalfields can attest to their technically advanced engineering solutions. The design-toorder product line includes every facet of a belt terminal group: remote or attached discharge, conveyor drives employing various soft start technoloCommitment Allison's team positions Fenner Dunlop as an integrated engineered belt conveyor solutions provider. Designing and optimizing every component of the bulk material handling system followed by manufacturing, delivery and installation provides Fenner Dunlop single point accountability therefore Fenner Dunlop has a vested interest to ensure the entire system is properly designed, installed, maintained and operated over its useful life. The acquisition of Allison Custom Fabrication also strengthens Fenner Dunlop's future-forward strategy of providing customers with increased risk minimization, product usage compliance, conveyor up time and cost stability while increasing productivity and safety in the harshest coal conveying conditions. Company Profile—Paid Advertisement

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